Tuesday, October 28, 2014

{My Parties} Halloween Boo Bash Party!

Ok, full disclosure....I have never thrown a Halloween party before! 
I know, it's crazy, right? 
It seems like Halloween is just about the only major Holiday where I haven't done a party!
So, I was really excited when my client, Reema, contacted me about styling a Halloween party for their friends and family. 
I loved her idea of having a pre-Halloween party for her children and their friends. 
Since her children are younger, I wanted to make this more "cute" than "spooky." So, I concentrated on a fun color palette of purple, lime green, orange, and black. 

I started by purchasing these beautiful metallic fabrics from the Halloween section at Joann. 
The purple is spider webs, and the green is something like a cheetah-print, but scarier! 

I wanted the table to look like a scary kitchen where treats (or tricks) were being served. I used this box, made by a friend, to house some battery powered candles and a skeleton hand that I got at Michael's. 

The ceramic books are from +Michaels Stores as well. 
On top of the box, I displayed these gorgeous glittered candy apples from my friend Autumn at Autumn Lynn's Chocolate Sins. Aren't they beautiful?
The kids loved them!

 I knew I had to have Amanda at Semi Sweet Confections make the cookies for us. I knew she could make beautiful, yet kid-friendly Halloween shapes. I sent her a few pictures, but she took the theme and ran with it and made these adorable cookies for the kids.  

How fabulous are those purple chevron bats?  

For the main centerpiece of the buffet, I created a "cake" out of cake pops and sweets skewers. 
I made it with hat boxes, cardstock, and some craft foam. 
The top layer were the adorable cake pops from Autumn and the bottom layer were the sweets skewers from Marie at Sweets Indeed. 
Every single time I open a box from Marie, my mouth starts watering! 
Marie is always so awesome to work with. She always customized the cutest skewers for me!

And look at these! I mean...cute overload. 
The kids were all about these cake pops!

  My friends at Birthday Express hooked me up with this cute cauldron that actually steamed!
It was the perfect touch for this event, making it look like a really spooky witch's kitchen!
 Here is a picture of it once the light started going down. Love it!
 Birthday Express also sent some awesome partyware too!
I love these quatrefoil plates! And the coffin utensil holder!

For the backdrop, I used two wreaths from the Target dollar spot and made them into the OO in Boo!
Then, I used a regular wooden letter from Hobby Lobby, and added it to some cardboard to make the scale right to match the Os. Then, I glittered it!
 Target had all kinds of cute Halloween themed lights this year, so I picked up these spiders, which perfectly matched the theme colors!

 Reema sat up her savory food on her beautiful bar. I left before it was all put out, but I am sure it looked delicious!
I LOVE these orange and black buffalo check cups from Birthday Express!

 How much do you love these plates? These are new for 2014 for Birthday Express and they are sure to be a hot seller next year too!

Have a SPOOKY Halloween!

Glittered Candy Apples and Cake Pops: Autumn Lynn's Chocolate Sins
Sweets Skewers: Sweets Indeed
Plates, Napkins, Forks, Cups, Cauldron: Birthday Express
All Styling and Photography: GreyGrey Designs

Friday, October 24, 2014

Snack Pack Halloween Boo-Nana Poke Cake Pudding Cups!

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Halloween is such a fun time of  year! It seems like, in my family, that the month of October is ALWAYS crazy! We have so many things going on with school; Halloween, birthday parties, pumpkin patch, etc. It seems like we have plans every single weekend.  Add that to the already busy school year and it makes for a crazy house. It's hard to be the ultimate Pinterest Mom in October, but I can show you one easy way! Since I recently started working with #collectivebias, I was super excited to create this #easytomakedessert to help moms or dads make a cute Halloween treat for their kids!
Come see how I made this treat for my little guys using Snack Pack pudding cups!

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Back when I was in high school, the movie Billy Madison came out and I swear that my friends and I watched it over and over and over and over. We quote it to this day.
One of our favorite quotes is "Why can't you just GIVE ME A SNACK PACK!?"
I think of it every time that I see #snackpack Pudding in Walmart.
It's on aisle 21 at my local Wal-Mart. They have TONS of flavors to choose from. 

My boys (the little ones AND the husband) are all crazy for all-things banana pudding flavored. So, when I wanted to come up with a cute Halloween DIY, one of the first things I thought of was banana pudding. BUT, since it's Halloween of course, I changed it to "Boo-Nana pudding."
One of my favorite recipes is Banana Pudding Poke Cake. It's super easy and a crowd-pleaser, for sure!  
If your kids are anything like my youngest, they are ridiculously picky eaters. But, here's a sneaky, yummy way to get them some calcium-because Snack Packs have as much as an 8 ounce glass of milk. Mom score!

So, here is what you need to make it super cute!

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Snack Pack Pudding Cups--Banana Cream Pie Flavor 
(You could also do this recipe with chocolate or vanilla flavors too!)
Yellow Cake Mix (any brand)
9 ounce clear plastic party cups
Black Piping Gel (chocolate chips would work too)

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To make the cups extra cute, I glittered them!
Here is what you need for that step: 

9 oz plastic cups
Sponge Brush
Any color glitter
Mod Podge
Tray to catch the extra glitter

 First, simply draw a line around the bottom on your cup with some Mod Podge, then, go around the bottom, filling in any spots that the brush missed. 
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 Sprinkle the glitter onto the glue and then shake off the excess in your tray. 
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 These will need a few hours to dry, but aren't they cute? 
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 While the cups are drying, let's start making cupcakes. 
I simply used a boxed yellow cake mix. You can leave it yellow, or you can add a little food coloring to make it orange!
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 In this case, I added a *tiny* drop of red food coloring to gift the cupcake batter a soft, candy-corn, orange. 
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 When your cupcakes are baked and cooled, cut the tops off of them. Try not to gorge on all the leftover tops. 
Then, poke holes into them with a fork or whatever you have lying around. I used a chopstick. 
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 Remove the wrappers from the cupcakes and drop them into the cute little glittered cups. 
Did you know that cupcakes fit perfectly into 9 ounce party cups? Well, you do now!
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 After that, spoon out your Snack Pack pudding into each cup. I smoothed the tops of the pudding down with a spoon to make it look more precise. As you can see, any flavor of Snack Pack works great. 
At this point, I recommend refrigerating them overnight to help the Snack Pack pudding sink into the holes. 
If you don't have the time, then a few hours works great. 
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 After your poke cakes are all chilled, top them with Reddi Whip! 
A disclaimer here: Do not top them until you are ready to serve.
That is not my giant man-hand. That is my handsome assistant, aka Mr. GreyGrey Designs. 

 If you want them to look extra scary, give the ghosts some eyes and mouths using piping gel. 
Chocolate chips or candies would work great too!
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 Serve to your hungry Halloween babies!
In this case, your really cute Jake the Pirates!
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 Get applause from the entire neighborhood! 
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Have a Happy Halloween!